If someone asks you what your company would do if all systems went dark and you don’t have a confident answer, the function of your company has a huge blind spot. Disaster recovery affects every company eventually, whether it’s a result of natural forces or technical faults. To ensure a foolproof plan for your company in the face of disaster, consult with IT service providers to build a disaster recovery solution.
- In-house: For a large organization with a skilled staff, operating a disaster recovery data center within the company can be a great option. The organization would have total control over the backup and recovery process, rather than relying on outside IT support services. The downside to this is that the internal staff may not have all of the resources and skills that those who specialize in disaster recovery do. If this is the case, the company may vulnerable to disaster recovery failure in the face of an emergency.
- Colocation: A company can still manage it’s own disaster recovery site by using a colocation facility. They would have access to space, power, cooling, and network connectivity in a shared data center facility. Essentially, a vendor provides the space and the company purchases, deploys, configures, and manages the hardware and software. While this option keeps disaster recovery in a company’s hands, it requires time and effort for staff to travel to the site’s physical location.
- Managed Colocation: This option puts some of the responsibility of disaster recovery on a managed services provider. The IT service provider will house everything in a physical data center space, supply and deploy the IT infrastructure, and monitor and maintenance the software. The company still has remote access to the site, but it will lose some of the control over its disaster preparedness as the professionals take over.
- Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS): DRaaS solutions put nearly all of the control over backup and disaster recovery into the hands of an IT service provider. Typically, these solutions involve backup and failing over to a cloud computing system. Although cloud-based technology is an effective backup, only 50% of businesses who report having a disaster recovery solution use this technology. For organizations on the smaller side that do not have a large IT staff, DRaaS will ensure that they have an effective disaster recovery solution.
Having a disaster recovery solution is essential for any business of any size. Disaster can strike at any time, but the consequences will be minimal when you have a plan in place. Call MTITechs.com today.